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Stanley M. Brand

Since founding a Washington, D.C.-based law firm in 1983, Stanley Brand has “specialized in cases at the intersection of politics, criminal law and communicating in the Washington echo chamber,” according to former client George Stephanopoulos in his best selling autobiography “All Too Human: A Political Education” (Little Brown and Company, 1999). From 1976 to 1983, Mr. Brand served as General Counsel to the US House of Representatives under Speaker Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr., and was the House's chief legal officer responsible for representing the House, its members, officers and employees in connection with legal procedures and litigation arising from the conduct of their official activities.  


Drawing on his broad range of experience, Mr. Brand’s practice covers all levels of state and federal courts, with an emphasis on defending the rights of witnesses involved in government investigations. He has also represented numerous individuals and organizations investigated by and/or called to testify before the US Congress. Mr. Brand has developed a particular expertise in the application of the separation of powers doctrine. His diverse litigation and counseling practice also includes representing corporations, trade associations, labor unions, and individuals in major Justice Department, grand jury and independent counsel investigations and trial proceedings, including Whitewater, HUD, the savings and loan crisis, and the campaign finance task force investigations. He has also represented individuals and entities involved in contested election proceedings.

Since 1992, he has also served as Vice-President of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the governing body of minor league baseball. In that capacity, he was responsible for representing minor league baseball during congressional consideration of baseball's antitrust exemption and is responsible for minor league baseball's government relations at the state and local level. He has testified, written and lectured extensively on antitrust, labor and contract law issues affecting baseball.

Recent Highlights

In 2005, Mr. Brand represented Major League Baseball in connection with the congressional investigation into MLB’s steroid policies.

In 2005, he served as parliamentarian to the founding convention of the Change to Win Coalition. In addition, Mr. Brand has served as counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for 20 years, as well as parliamentarian to the Teamster conventions of 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001. He has served as Washington counsel and parliamentarian to a number of other unions, including the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, the Seafarers International Union of North America, the International Longshoreman’s Association, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the Service Employees International Union.

In 2004, Mr. Brand won a ruling in federal district court ordering a major media corporation to comply with a Federal Communications Commission divestment order.

In 2002, he served as counsel to Arthur Andersen in the government’s various investigations of and charges against the company.

Since leaving the House of Representatives, Mr. Brand has also had a succession of high profile, political and public corruption cases and clients, including former White House aide George Stephanopolous in the Whitewater investigation, former Congressman and Gore 2000 campaign manager Tony Coelho, former House Majority Whip Bill Gray, Congressmen Dan Rostenkowski and Joe McDade and former executive agency officials.

He was featured in The Washingtonian magazine’s 2002 survey of the 75 best lawyers in Washington. In 1999, Mr. Brand was named by the Legal Times to the magazine’s White Collar Crime “Top Gun” list for knowing “when to fight and when not to fight.”

He has appeared widely on network, public and cable television, including ABC News and ABC’s "Nightline," NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, Court TV, NPR’s "All Things Considered," CNN’s "Lou Dobbs Tonight," MSNBC’s "Hardball," John McLaughlin’s "One on One," and ESPN’s "SportsCenter" and "Mike and Mike in the Morning" on the subject of corporate, public and political ethics, congressional procedure and criminal law. He was a paid consultant and commentator to ABC News during the Bush/Gore 2000 election dispute.


J.D., Georgetown University Law School, 1974

B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, with Departmental Honors in English, 1970

Bar Admissions  

District of Columbia

Selected Publications

The Lawyer and the Congressional Investigation, in The Lobbying Manual 477 (William V. Luneburg and Thomas M. Susman eds., 2005)

The Effect of Baseball’s Antitrust Exemption and Contraction of its Minor League Baseball System: A Case Study of the Harrisburg Senators, 10 Villanova Sports & Entertainment Law Journal 49 (2003)

“To Endure for Ages to Come”: A Bicentennial View of the Constitution, 65 N.C. Law Review 901 (1987)

Constitutional Confrontations: Preserving a Prompt and Orderly Means By Which Congress May Enforce Investigative Demands Against Executive Branch Officials, 1986 Catholic University Law Review 71.

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